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Dear #Positivity Friends,

How many of my fellow optimists are lucky to live where you can witness the changing of the seasons? Having grown up in New York, autumn is one of my favorite seasons. As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start falling, you can feel change in the air! Autumn is the transitional season that leads us from the hot, sunny days of summer into the cold nights of winter.

When the Fall begins, many of us start counting down to the holidays! Whether autumn is your favorite time of the year, or you just want to get in the mood for the season, I hope this edition of the newsletter inspires you to embrace the best of the season!

As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. If you missed an edition, our last newsletter can be found on my website. Please do share and encourage your family and friends to sign up!

With hope and positivity,

#Positivity® Stories

Ronald Braunstein conducts music

Award-Winning Conductor Starts Orchestra for People with Mental Illness to Help Erase Stigma

When Ronald Braunstein takes the podium as a conductor, he is not only conducting an orchestra but creating an inclusive space where musicians with mental illness are represented. Braunstein, an award-winning conductor, is the founder of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for people with mental illnesses. His idea to start the nonprofit was born out of personal experience. For many years, Braunstein traveled the world conducting music in addition to educating young musicians at Juilliard School of Music, his alma mater, where he served as music director. In 1981, he learned that he had bipolar disorder and this diagnosis changed the trajectory of his life. Today, he supports musicians in their mental health journeys and focuses on erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Salvation Army Food Waste Program with Feeding San Diego

3 San Diego Organizations Partner to Help Provide Jobs to the Homeless

Three San Diego organizations have partnered together to give homeless individuals an opportunity at employment. This unique collaboration goes beyond giving people a fresh start. They also rescue perfectly edible food while serving up a creative model that could be replicated across the country. With funding from the Lucky Duck Foundation, the Salvation Army hires residents of its homeless shelter and trains them to be food rescue route drivers, who then operate routes for Feeding San Diego to pick up tasty food before it’s wasted. The partnership hit a milestone in June, announcing that it had saved more than half a million pounds of food so far. Each of the Salvation Army residents participating in the program have secured full-time employment and still have housing. 

Boy in dinosaur costume meets baby brother

“You’re my best friend forever”

Watch a little boy’s sweet reaction to meeting baby brother for the first time. The video, which was recorded in 2019, recently went viral again after the boy’s mother posted it to TikTok.

What We're Reading

Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

by Steve Magness

Do Hard Things flips the script on resilience and shares what it means to achieve our high ambitions in the face of hard things. Drawing from the latest science and psychology, Steve Magness—renowned performance expert, executive coach, and author—provides a roadmap for navigating life’s challenges and achieving high performance that makes us happier, more successful, and, ultimately, better people. 

Do Hard Things book cover

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Joe Lamp’l, aka “Joe Gardener”, is one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and green living. On my recent Common Denominator podcast, he shared expert tips on how you can grow delicious fruits and veggies at home on your balcony, your porch, and even inside your home! My wife and I are tremendously passionate about organic gardening for its role in creating access to fresh produce as well as educational impact of supporting healthy lifestyles. It is such a transformational moment when you connect with the possibility of your environment and realize the role that we all play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

To learn more about growing delicious food at home, listen to the full episode.

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Moshe Means Business

How to Communicate your Vision in Business

Writing down the vision is super important. People frequently come to me to invest in their business. When they ask me to invest and I always have a very simple ask—put together an email or even text message, with bullet points on how everybody involved is going to be able to make money. I am looking for details such as the people involved, the plan, and what we’re going to do together. I have found that about 90% of the time, people are not able to do that.

So, it is a tremendous value add, to be able to synthesize and communicate clearly to all what the vision is.

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We are proud of our community garden at Palo Verde and delighted that we can show you behind the scenes developments weekly on our social media. The latest is that we have been focusing on soil. As you create your own organic garden, the key thing to creating a healthy environment for your plants is knowing how to build good soil. Not all soils are the same, and our recommendation is to treat soil the same way that you would treat your own digestive track by providing the right nutrition for your garden!

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Spreading #Positivity®

Thank you, readers, for sending us your photos with your comments. We are so excited that you are helping spread a positive message everywhere you go! Let’s keep spreading #Positivity® together! Send us your photos and we will feature them in the next newsletter and on Facebook.

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